This week: Arthur Cutler Memorial, The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ
Event calendar : The Meadowlands will host Grand Circuit action on Saturday, May 21 with the $170,450 Arthur Cutler Memorial for open trotters.
Complete registrations for the race are available by clicking on this link.
Last time: While making only the second start of his career, Jonas KS (Centurion ATM-Crown Classic) put in an overwhelming performance and set a new track record for 3-year-old trotting colts after winning the first battle of 100 $000 Bunker Hill Trot at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (May 16).
Pilot Kevin Switzer Jr. got off hard with Jonas KS and kept favorite SIP (Yannick Gingras) in the pocket as they reached the quarter in:27. After rolling past this station, Gingras flipped SIP and tried to move forward but Jonas KS trotted and put him back in the hole. The group reached half-time in: 55.1 when Wily Wally (Bruce Ranger) pulled out of third place and tried to push the problem.
Jonas KS maintained his 1-1/2 length lead down the backstretch and three-quarters in 1:23.3 as Wily Wally hung on the outside and SIP waited in the pocket to make his offers at the top of the straight. But when Gingras tipped SIP as they reached the stretch, he broke and Jonas KS was free at home. He descended the lane to the 12 1/2 length top wire and took a new lifetime mark, as well as the track record, with a time of 1:53.
“He is a very beautiful horse. They said he was a little lazy, so I marked him pretty well and put him right on the door and gave him a chance. When SIP came to him after the quarter he was pretty snappy so I just rolled him and hoped for the best,” Switzer said. “Even if SIP hadn’t broken at the head of the stretch, I don’t think he would have beaten my horse. I think the only way for him to lose today is to fight. It was quite a mile.
Jonas KS ($8.60) is now a perfect two-on-two with $56,000 won for owners Knutsson Trotting (who also bred the winner), Little E and Stall Kalmar. Ake Svanstedt coaches the winner.
Full recaps of all races are available on the Grand Circuit website.
Grand Circuit classification: In 2022, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three in the divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the best three finishers in the playoffs/innings). Winbak Farms is the 2022 Grand Circuit Prize Sponsor.
Here are the leaders (through the races of 05/16/22):
Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton- 136; 2. Dexter Dunn- 112; 3. George Brennan- 110; 4. Jason Bartlett- 106; 5. Yannick Gingras – 105.
Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 148; 2. Jen Bongiorno – 67 years old; 3. Cory Stratton – 60; 4. Jeff Gillis – 54 years old; 5. Erv Miller- 53 years old.
Owners: 1. Jesmeral Stable – 62; 2. The OK Corral – 57; 3. Mark Ford – 40; 4. Team Tritton Inc. – 30; 5t. Karen Hauver – 27 years old; 5t. Ricky Bucci – 27 years old.
Look forward: Grand Circuit action takes place next week at Harrah’s Philadelphia (Maxie Lee Memorial, Besty Ross and Commodore Barry for older horses), The Raceway at Western Fair District (Camluck Classic for older open drivers) and Woodbine Mohawk Park (Miss Versatility stage for older trotting mares).